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Re: What I Did To My Saab Today.
« Reply #750 on: 02 May 2021, 08:18:08 PM »
We have a Brodit kit for holding a phone over the centre vent of the 9-3 Carlson. It worked well in the old 2003 Vector, but didnít fit the Carlsson with the satnav. Brodit say it doesnít fit, but I bodged it a bit and it was OK for a while, but my wife got a new phone which was a tighter fit because the holder wasnít designed for it, and the holder kept falling off.

You can fix the satnav so that the clip fits, you just need to cut and file some plastic on the back of the satnav unit.... it's what I did anyway.

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Re: What I Did To My Saab Today.
« Reply #751 on: 02 May 2021, 09:56:15 PM »
I thought of doing that but I didn't want to damage the unit, in case it didn't work ;)
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Re: What I Did To My Saab Today.
« Reply #752 on: 02 May 2021, 10:03:47 PM »
It's quite low risk to be honest as there's no electronics in that area. Quickest way would have been to use the dremel!

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Re: What I Did To My Saab Today.
« Reply #753 on: 02 May 2021, 10:24:57 PM »
I got nervous! The Carlsson has the leather dash which confuses the issue, and I didn't want to risk damaging it.
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Re: What I Did To My Saab Today.
« Reply #754 on: 12 May 2021, 05:14:11 PM »
Took both my bikes for a bike fit yesterday which meant getting the towbar bike carrier out of the shed. That was all very successful (other than having to buy some different stems and seat posts for my bikes) but when getting home and unplugging the bike carrier electrics the mounting plate for the electrics snapped!

£21 for a Witter Z50 delivered next day from Amazon and bit of swearing later I now have the electrics sorted again.

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Re: What I Did To My Saab Today.
« Reply #755 on: 13 May 2021, 08:58:13 PM »
The sliding blind that fits around the selector lever arrived from Bill Jones at www.saabits.com this afternoon.  All fitted in a bit over half an hour.  It helps that this is the second one I've done in this car!
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Re: What I Did To My Saab Today.
« Reply #756 on: 23 May 2021, 04:14:21 PM »
The 9-3 Sport convertible failed its MOT this week on a broken coil spring and a weeping shock. Ordered new ones, aiming to fix this weekend but hadn't bargained on the top mounts fighting back- Both severely corroded and one bolt in the O/S was so stuck that it sheared the threaded boss on the underside so the angle grinder had to be brought out.

Everything else had gone very smoothly! Anyway the car is now sitting on axle stands waiting for the top mounts to arrive on Tuesday.

Then there was the aux belt tensioner. What an episode that was! Very little room to work but enough to get a ratchet spanner on. So far so good. Until it dropped out of the thread and left the ratchet stuck on the end with no way to manouvre it free- even having removed the crank pulley. Ended up having to slacken the engine mount and lever the engine towards the gearbox end to create enough room to get it out. This all took a lot longer than I'd hoped- probably around 2 hours of faffing about. I should have paused and jacked it high up, that would have helped.

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« Reply #757 on: 31 May 2021, 06:13:34 PM »
And so the saga continued. Originally ordered them from Carparts4less but they only had Corteco ones. This was my only option as Autodoc etc. had better quality ones but would be a week delivery. Some random browsing and I found some Febi Bilstein ones on Spareto. Total price for those, bearings AND gaiters with express delivery (ext working day) was less so I decided to cancel the first order (which turned up anyway on Tuesday!). I should have twigged something when the shipping price was £23 for express- they were shipping from Estonia  :o.


However, having order them on Monday they arrived Weds. Can't complain really and they are very competitively priced.

I decided to go all in and do the advisories too- front inner tie rods (had them for a while after being told they were too seized to do tracking). Rear springs, shocks, bump stops and spring seats.

Got the track rods off on Friday only to find that the ones I'd bought some time ago were 18mm inner thread, and I needed 14mm. Every single variant CP4L listed was 18mm  >:(.

Rang the local(ish) motor factors. Specified 14mm. They'd have them in for me by 2pm. Got there and guess what- 18mm  >:(. Said they'd have the right ones on for 10.30 on Sat but instead managed to get some next day from PFS.

So, all installed, plus brake fluid changed, wiper scuttle removed and hot air gunned to remove bloom, ECU mounted on bakerlite spacer to protect from heat. Phew!

Then, on t'other half's 'vert, investigated the leaking first bow ram. Isolated the problem to a failed (tiny) O-ring on one of the input connectors. I'm sure it could be fixed quite cheaply at a hydraulic specialist but finding one locally to do it the same day whilst the weather is good is a bit of a tall order.

And relax. (much needed) Beer now.

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Re: What I Did To My Saab Today.
« Reply #758 on: 03 June 2021, 03:03:19 PM »
I've moved the 9-5 door mirror thread to the 9-5 forum.  I hope that all the bits went!!
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Re: What I Did To My Saab Today.
« Reply #759 on: 09 June 2021, 11:24:29 AM »
Been an exciting week! First off ever since I had the tyres changed there's been an occasional scraping noise from the rear of the car when going around bends and roundabouts. Turns out that it was the 17mm socket on the breaker bar in the spare wheel well had come off the bar, most likely I disturbed it when I retrieved the tyre compressor to check the tyre pressures the day after the tyres were replaced. At least it was an easy fix. ::)

Then the aircon has not been blowing very cold, I have a pressure gauge so popped it on to measure the pressure and it was indeed low, however the low pressure port got stuck part open when I removed the pressure gauge, so I had to pay for the mobile guy to come out and replace the valve and do the recharge for me... Only £96 but the pressure on the high pressure side of the A/C system is quite high after a full regas so we suspect that someone has put leak stop in it in the past dand that's probably gummed up the condenser although i'm not having it replaced as it's not really worth it, main side effect is that the aircon isn't quite as cold as it should be.  :thumbdown:

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Re: What I Did To My Saab Today.
« Reply #760 on: 09 June 2021, 01:10:45 PM »
Loose stuff in the car can be embarrassing.  My grandfather left a miniature bottle of  whisky in my Morris Minor on the front parcel shelf which ran across the car. When the bottle hit the steering column it sounded as if the front of the car had collapsed...
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